Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

Wolf reveals plan to attack lack of affordable housing

Just weeks after the Pittsburgh Affordable Housing Task Force released its initial recommendations on increasing the number and availability of affordable housing units in the city, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has released what he is calling a five-year plan to “connect Pennsylvanians to affordable, integrated and supportive housing.”
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PA plans to use medicaid funding for affordable housing

In a five-year affordable housing strategy announced Monday, state government officials said they’ll invest Medicaid funding into affordable housing programs over the next five years.
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National Housing Trust Fund updates for PA

Public notice that (1) DCED is amending its Consolidated Plan to include the NHTF money, as required by HUD, and (2) PHFA put out it’s Action Plan for the NHTF. Comments are due July 5 for both.
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Event explores need for a housing trust fund in Pittsburgh

The Building Inclusive Communities Work Group, a collective of community stakeholders who work to ensure Pittsburgh’s resurgence is inclusive of all, is having an event Tuesday, May 24th with national housing trust fund expert Michael Anderson and Councilman Daniel Lavelle about the need for a Pittsburgh Housing Trust Fund.
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Deadline to submit comments on PA's Plan on Aging is May 24th

Pennsylvania has more senior citizens than almost any other state. Many are finding it difficult to remain in their homes without assistance for home modifications or home repairs, or to find affordable, accessible apartments.
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Senators introduce bill to expand LIHTC

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the “Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016.”
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Webinar Recording: Housing Resource for the Homeless and those with Special Needs

Learn about the FHLBank of Pittsburgh's Affordable Housing Program (AHP) which provides grants and subsidized loans up to $650,000 per project for costs associated with the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of single or multi-family housing for individuals and families.

THUD appropriations move forward in Senate, House

The Senate is expected to pass the FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill today
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